Supermarket chain Tesco first started trading in 1924, and there are now over 2,300 stores in the UK alone. It offers a range of low price meals and ingredients, as well regular dine-in meal deals.
Below are today's top Tesco discount vouchers, fully checked and verified by our team of voucher hunters. Get 'em while they're hot!
Whether it's a retailer or restaurateur, airline or air-conditioner seller, computer shop or car rental company, there are always two main risks. Either it's a dodgy company, or it's a legit company that has financial problems and goes bust.
The aim of these tips is to help you minimise the risks.
Quite simply, its customers are immediately transformed into creditors. This hits hardest if you've ordered goods or tickets from them, and not had delivery, as then you become one of a line of people trying to get your money back out of the company's assets, and you usually get back much less than you paid in.
Even if you've had delivery, if the company you bought from goes under and there's a problem with the goods, it can mean you've no comeback.
While MoneySavingExpert.com endeavours to check deals are valid, we don't check companies ' finances. Even huge names like MFI and Woolies have folded, so it's very important you use the right strategies to stay protected where possible.
Pay by credit card for something over £100, and Section 75 laws supercharge your consumer rights.
Unlike debit cards, cheques or cash, pay in full or part (even just £1) on a credit card and by law the lender's jointly liable with the retailer.
This means you have exactly the same rights with the card company as you do with the retailer. So if it goes bust, you can simply take your complaints there instead and get money back if there's no delivery.
Yet it's important you ALWAYS REPAY IN FULL each month, so there's no interest cost. See the full Section 75 guide.
Section 75 doesn't apply to purchases under £100, but there's still an option which can help. It isn't a legal protection, just Visa, Mastercard and Amex's rules, but it's a good back-up.
Spend on a Visa, Mastercard or Amex credit card or any debit or charge card. If the goods don't appear, you can try to ask your bank/card provider to reclaim the cash from the seller's bank, so long as you complain within 120 days of realising there's a problem. See the Chargeback guide for full details.
Bogus websites are often set up to cash in on popular products like Ugg boots and Tiffany necklaces, so be wary if it's an unfamiliar site. And don't think that because it appears on a reputable search engine, that makes it a reputable site - always check.
Most folk know to look for a security padlock on the bottom right of a website, but that doesn't mean the site's legit, just that payment's secure.
To find out who registered the site and when, search the Whois database. Reputable firms should also appear on the Companies House site, the UK Government's official companies register. Be very wary of businesses with just a PO Box or email address.
Study the site's worldwide web ranking on Alexa. Anything in the top 100,000 means it's reasonably big and a good, though not foolproof indication of legitimacy. Do a quick Google search for other shoppers' experiences.
Crucially, ensure your security's up-to-date - free software can be downloaded to your computer in about five minutes. Full details in the Free Antivirus Software guide.
Many people are surprised to learn you've MORE rights buying online (or by telephone/catalogue) due to the Distance Selling Regulations.
These give you a legal right to send most goods back within seven days for a full refund (including outward delivery costs), even if there's no fault. You'll usually need to pay for the return delivery. Read Consumer Rights for a full guide.
However, of course, this is balanced by the fact ordering online automatically means there's a time gap between ordering and delivering - when the company has your money. So if it goes bust during that time, the distance selling rights don't help.
Ultimately, there is always a risk that a company can go bust. If the above routes don't apply, then you have to make a decision about whether you're willing to take the risk of parting with your cash.
Don't be scared of this. Every day we all make transactions based on trust, and this is part of that, but do balance up the amount you're spending against the risk. Don't give large amounts of money to a company you're not sure about.
Get 25% off wine and champagne online at Tesco.com* or in-store when you buy six bottles (not fortified wine) by Sun 27 Apr (delivery must also be made by then). The discount is applied automatically but won't show in your basket or at checkout. You'll only see it on your receipt on delivery.
Alcohol deals usually exclude Scotland - the Tesco Press office hasn't confired this for us, so it's best to call ahead to check. Be Drinkaware.
The offer works on existing offers, such as the 'better than half price' wine, half price wine and two bottles for £12, so you can get some super cheap plonk, including:
New Tesco.com shopper spending £60+? Get extra £15 off
If you've never bought your groceries at Tesco.com before, you can get £15 off your first £60 shop when you enter the code XX3FP6 for delivery on or before Mon 30 Jun.
If you're after posh plonk, combine the code with the extra 25% off when you buy six bottles to max both discounts (though the code can be used on your normal grocery shop too, not just wine). Delivery's £1+ or free to collect in-store.
Some wines will only allow you to buy a maximum of 12 bottles - varies per brand.
The voucher excludes: infant milk formulae, tobacco products, stamps, National Lottery Scratchcards, delivery saver subscriptions and delivery or collection charges. Can't be used with any other eCoupon beginning with XX. Can be used once per household.
Tesco is selling a Cussons Mum & Me Congratulations gift pack for £1 in-store and online - the cheapest we've seen elsewhere is £6. In the set you get bath soak (50ml), baby bath (50ml), hand gel (50ml) and a muslin cloth.
The really good bit
You can buy this Cussons gift set* online for £1 – delivered to a Tesco store free, which is a great deal by itself. Inside are three Cussons coupons, including one which is £1 off any product in the Cussons Mum & Me Bump range, valid till 31 Jul 2014.
This means you can buy one gift set for £1 and then use the £1 off voucher inside to get the next pack free. Then in that free pack, you can use the £1 off voucher inside to get another free pack... and so on and so on until the end of July.
We asked Cussons press office if you could definitely use the £1 off voucher on ANYTHING in the range, and it said yes.
(The other two coupons are 50p off any product in the New Mum range, and 30p off any product in the Baby range.)
The bad bit
You can’t use the voucher online, so to get your second one (and third, and fourth, etc) for free you need to do it in-store. Many Tesco stores don’t stock it, so you'll need to go on a treasure hunt if you want to keep rebuying.
Of course, you can just pop into your local (it's likely to be mainly in bigger stores), or if you want, give Tesco a call on 0800 50 55 55 before making a trip. Give customer services this barcode number: 5000101119835.
When we rang Tesco, the closest to MSE Towers was in Woolwich, one of the biggest stores in the country but a good 10 miles across London from us.
Please let us know if you have any luck on the Cussons forum thread.
If you do happen to be in Tesco and don’t spot any on the shelf, take advice from our forum user Diamond Mon:
"Two of the stores in my area had none on the shelves, but I asked the sales assistant and both times they went to the stock room and got them for me, so if you don't see any it is worth asking."
Tesco is selling off Beats by Dr Dre Solo HD headphones in-store for £49 (usually £99). It's also selling Beats by Dr Dre Studio headphones for £99. Tesco has told us these are the previous model to the current 2.0 range (these usually range from £180 - £270). Beats are seldom discounted, and rarely by that amount - so if you do find them, you've grabbed yourself a bargain.
The offer is nationwide but won't be in every store (we couldn't find any in our local). As it's selling off old stock, Tesco told us there will be a range of colours, but it'll totally depend on the store you go in. When they're gone, they're gone, so it's worth calling ahead to check stock.
Read the customer reviews on Tesco (although you can no longer buy these online).
If you manage to grab a pair, please report your find on the Beats forum thread.
Enter the code XX3FP6 online at Tesco* for deliveries on or before Wed 30 Apr and new customers will get £15 off when you spend £60. Home delivery is £3-£6 depending on the time slot you choose, or collect in-store for free. Can't be used with other coupons beginning with 'XX' or on certain products. There's more info below on what you can't use this deal on.
Go via Tesco Find The Eggs by 6pm Thu 17 Apr (or before all the prizes have gone), enter a postcode and then find three eggs to get a free Malteaster chocolate bunny (usually 60p). It may take a while to find all three, but Tesco's confirmed everyone who plays will always win, just be a little patient (it took us about two minutes to spot them).
There are over 150,000 left (originally 300k) but they're going down by the second, so hop to it! The voucher can be emailed to redeem in-store till Fri 25 Apr, or you can ask for an online code for deliveries by Fri 25 Apr.
Get a whole school uniform from £8 at Tesco*, both in-store and online.
What do you get?
Prices change depending on size. Different-sized stores get different ranges depending on size, so not all stores will have all items.
How to get the kit: In-store and online. Click and Collect is free at over 900 stores.
Beauty Expert has similar prices to Boots online and even beats it for some products, so with 50% off, there are some great potential deals to be had. You could effectively get a Caudalie facial spray for £6 instead of £11.
Other deals can be better value than the railcards but if you're buying them anyway, and don't need any other deals, it's a good conversion. Read more in the Loyalty Points Boosting guide. Also, check the railcard site for restrictions and to ensure you're eligible before exchanging your vouchers.
What discounts do the railcards get you?
16-25: A third off fares if you're over 16 and under 26.
Family & Friends: A third off adult and 60% off child fares, a minimum of one adult and one child, up to four adults and four children (age 5-15) can travel using one card.
Senior: Those 60 and over get a third off rail fares.
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